Properly packaging and preparing machines for international transport is crucial to ensure their safe arrival and optimal performance at their destination.
The packaging process begins once the machinery components have been disassembled. Each component is carefully packed, following rigorous standards to ensure its protection. High-quality packaging materials and specific techniques adapted to each equipment's characteristics are used.
During packaging, we ensure that each component is properly labeled and protected against impacts and vibrations. When choosing the type of packaging, dimensions, weights, and anticipated transportation conditions are carefully evaluated.
It's essential to consider the differences between road and maritime transport, as the latter has an average duration of 25 days under high salinity conditions that can damage the machinery if not adequately protected.
Experience and service quality are indispensable. For instance, in the case of wooden packaging, it must adhere to all international wood transportation regulations to prevent the packaged machine from being held at the destination port due to non-compliance with the necessary regulations of the importing country.
The entire packaging process is supervised by the MachinePoint team to ensure that the procedure proceeds correctly.
Aspects to consider for proper packaging:
1. Smaller machine parts should be palletized, securing them to a pallet using packaging tape and fasteners (wood screws, bolts, and nuts). Once securely strapped, the equipment could be wrapped in plastic film.
2. Documentation must be properly packaged, protected, and clearly identifiable.
3. Spare parts should be packaged according to their nature and the transportation requirements. They should be wrapped in plastic film and protected on pallets or isolated in wooden crates, ensuring their safe arrival and subsequent handling upon arrival.
4. For packaging large equipment or delicate parts, wooden crates are necessary. Special containers are required for large parts. The machine will be secured at the base of the wooden crate, and silica gel, anti-corrosive grease, and VCI (vacuum packaging) will be used before closing the crate. If necessary, an additional suitable tarpaulin should cover the crate to prevent moisture.
5. Metal structures can be built to store equipment inside containers, minimizing the number of trucks and containers needed. These structures prevent the equipment stored above from damaging the equipment stored below.
6. In the case of an Out Of Gauge (OOG) package that needs to be handled at the port, a lifting diagram for each piece with its respective center of gravity is necessary to facilitate container handling and reloading at the port.
7. All boxes, pallets, or wooden pieces must be treated following ISPM15 standards to avoid penalties or merchandise holds. Proof of treatment must be guaranteed with a fumigation certificate.
Incorrect packaging can lead to machinery deterioration during transportation, making proper packaging vital when purchasing used machinery and preparing it for transport. Choosing a reliable provider to handle heavy machinery is crucial because the risk of losing or severely damaging the equipment is high.